It’s been greatly anticipated for years, but is still severely underutilised. But what’s not to love? We check out the top six uses for the cloud and why it is the best thing to happen to the centralisation of user files since…well, ever!
Gone are the days of seeing those “sending failed” emails because you made the mistake of attaching one too many photos. And so are the days of maximising your Dropbox capacity with an abundance of work files and folder.
The cloud lets you share as many files with as many people as you wish! Genius.
Back, back, back it up
Do you frequently back-up your data on an external hard drive, really? If you do, well done you. If you don’t, the cloud has just made things a whole lot easier.
Without the need for dragging and dropping being required, or a copy and paste in sight, all users need to do is click save and your playlist, document or contract is saved on the internet – ready for you to access whenever you need it.
And if you drop your laptop, stand on your tablet, bathe your mobile or crash your PC – fear not! The cloud has saved everything on your behalf so even when your hardware isn’t fully functional, your files are still safe as can be.
Save money, improve efficiency
Because the cloud works in a sort of pay-as-you-go system, this means businesses – or overexcited personal/home users – only pay for the storage they use. The vast majority of individual cloud adopters will never reach their allotted quota, but this is a great benefit for businesses which will help them reduce costs, improve efficiency and grow more economically. Visit TSG to find out more about cloud computing for business users and reducing the number of users subscribed to business intelligence, customer relationship management, accounts and business software.
We’ve all been there – just about to start a two-minute task but have got held-up by software updates, new version downloads and an endless supply of program reboots.
However, once installed, the cloud’s software upgrades itself automatically to ensure all users are benefitting from the most up-to-date version and even performs them in the background too; so even pop-ups are minimised!
Worldwide access at your fingertips
Whether you’re visiting friends in Taiwan, on a business trip to London, are sending holiday snaps from Antigua or just working from home, the cloud lets you access all your files from one place – the internet. Just like logging into your email and social media accounts, saving your files in the cloud means you can access files, music, charts, presentations, data, pictures and any other media from anywhere in the world.
If you’re wondering where to start, personal users should visit Google’s cloud storage to get a better idea of what it does and to play around with the capabilities of the cloud.
Save the world
Because the cloud only uses the space you require, users can decrease their carbon footprint there and then. Small businesses looking to reduce their workspace energy usage can also cut carbon emissions by up to 90%!